A big part of the California dream is living in a beach city—enjoying the year-round outdoor lifestyle our state is famous for within easy distance of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Of course, this dream often ends up being a “someday” aspiration, as in, “We’ll move near the beach someday.” If the last year or more has shown us anything, putting off dreams can result in those someday goals never happening. For those who no longer want to wait to live near the shore, Long Beach offers everything you could want.
Situated between Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach is perfectly located to access all of Southern California’s attractions, or for reasonable commutes to nearby cities. It’s also home to one of the busiest ports in the world, making it a major hub of commerce in its own right. This means that pursuing career goals and beachside living doesn’t have to be an either/or choice—here you can have both!
Southern California enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by mild temperatures year-round and low rainfall. In Long Beach, summertime high temperatures usually average in the mid-80s, and the chilliest nights in winter rarely get below 40 degrees. You’ll also find relatively warm water temperatures at the miles of clean, sandy beaches. One popular beach destination is Mother’s Beach, which has a protected swim area perfect for younger children, although that’s just one place you can go swimming, paddleboard, kayak, go boating, or simply relax on the beach.
Long Beach is home to 3,100 acres of public parks, including the El Dorado Nature Center, Heartwell Park, and Bluff Park. It is also known as a bike-friendly city, with miles of dedicated bikeways along the shore, along the L.A. River, and in local parks, as well as an affordable BikeShare program with low rates for locals. It’s also known for being one of the most walkable cities in Southern California. In short, Long Beach gives you all the opportunities you could want to enjoy a pleasant, sunny day outside.
Despite being much smaller than cities like Los Angeles to the north and San Diego to the south, Long Beach has plenty of variety to offer to residents. Its 30 different neighborhoods each have their own personality and features, giving prospective residents a variety to choose from. Whether you’re looking for quiet suburbia, a beachfront scene, or a lively urban location, Long Beach has them all.
Currently, many new multifamily housing projects are under development in the Downtown area, including a planned assisted living community at 810 Pine Ave. and Aster, a multifamily complex with amenities like a rooftop deck with ocean views, a dog park, fitness center, coworking lounge, or pool. With demand for housing growth across the region, developments like these promise to increase availability for those looking to relocate to Long Beach and will contribute to the vitality of the Downtown area.
Long Beach combines the charm of a beach town with the features of a much larger city, including great restaurants, major museums, and well-known attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary. It also has its own airport, making it easy to travel (or for visitors looking for a taste of beach living to come see you). You’ll never lack things to do, even if you never venture out of town.
If you’ve decided it’s time to make your dreams of beach city living a reality, Anchor Seaport Escrow can help. Independently owned and operated, we’ve been serving the real estate community of Long Beach and the surrounding Southern California area for over 40 years. Because we are solely focused on escrow and are not affiliated with any bank, realtor, or mortgage broker, Anchor Seaport is strictly focused on working on your behalf through one of the most complex transactions you’re likely to experience—buying a home. To find out more about our services, contact us here today.